Why the cloud is (and needs to be) like Minecraft

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon

If you have a young kid (or are a kid at heart), Minecraft doesn’t need any introduction. At last count 10M people had bought the game and at least 5 times as many are playing the demo or some mobile version. For the uninitiated, this seems odd. The graphics are awful, and it’s not even a real “game” – in other words, there’s no mission or objective to achieve and…

How to get a job in the cloud industry

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon
After a few weeks of career days, wine and cheese, and interviews, I wanted to summarize a few key findings and give some tips to students (and grown-ups) looking for a job with CloudOps — or anywhere in the cloud industry, for that matter.
Try AWS — for free
Amazon Web Services is the industry leader and has enough capacity to offer every new customer a free tier,…

Why private cloud matters

by Pierre-Luc Bisaillon
I read a recent Gartner insight that predicts that the use of the word cloud will drop off in 2013, to be replaced by better descriptors of business value. Whether or not we use it less, we will continue to use it a lot.
These days when I define what I mean by cloud, I return to the NIST definition, and use the following table to illustrate the options:

Servic…

The new and shiny Apache CloudStack 4.2

by François Gaudreault
Recently, Apache CloudStack (ACS) released version 4.2 of its well known cloud orchestrator. With more than 160 bug fixes and dozens of new features, this version is by far one of their best, at least on paper. Since we had to upgrade one of our internal environments, we thought it would be an interesting opportunity to share our experiences with the new features present…

CloudStack vs. OpenStack: My Experience

by François Gaudreault
Before anyone starts to rant or panic, a few disclaimers:

We love both CloudStack and OpenStack. In fact, we wrote and shared a connector to allow OpenStack Swift to authenticate against CloudStack.
We are a Citrix CloudAdvisor and have deep expertise with the Citrix CloudPlatform and Cloud Portal Business Manager products, and by extension, CloudStack.
We want to…

Interfacing CloudPortal Business Management (CPBM) with Enterprise-Level Authentication

by Marc Vaillancourt
In some organizations, CPBM’s integrated account-management functionality is insufficient to satisfy the demanding requirements of the corporate security department. It’s not for a lack of features, since CPBM offers a rather complete set of functionality out of the box: email verification, encrypted password (with salt), captcha support, account locking after mult…

Setting Up an Ideal CloudStack Development Environment

by Marc-André Jutras
In this, my first article, I answer a question that I often get asked: How do I set up and prepare my development environment for CloudStack? True, there are many articles and wiki pages available on this subject, but here is my method.
Keep in mind that this article assumes a good knowledge of Linux. It is intended for developers who want to try out the latest development…

Thinking About Web Application Firewalls

by François Gaudreault
Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) are growing in the market, providing many benefits including the prevention zero-day exploits.
What is a Web Application Firewall?
By definition, a web application firewall is a device that sits between the client and the web server and analyses layer 7 messages for violations in the defined security policy. In other words, WASFs look at…

Keynote speakers announced for CloudConnect Santa Clara 2013

Keynote speakers for CloudConnect Santa Clara have been announced. Joining Alistair Croll from CloudOps will be:

MICHAEL BARRETT, Chief Information Security Officer | PayPal, Inc
WILLIAM RUH, Vice President and Global Technology Director | General Electric
DAVE MCCRORY, Senior Vice President of DSP (Platform) Engineering | Warner Music Group
LEW TUCKER, Vice President and Chief Technology…

Working with the CloudStack API

by Will Stevens
The CloudStack API is a very powerful tool for managing your infrastructure and is often not utilized to its full potential. I think this is mainly due to the initial learning curve to get working with the API. In this post I will present the basics you will need to start using the API as well as provide working examples to get you started.
The first potential stumbling block…

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USA
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USA